Nashville’s Women In Business



Sharon A. Brawner
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Always listen to that little voice in your head—it’s almost always the best voice to listen to when you are in a difficult situation. When you are a child, you are told that as a way of understanding your conscience, but it works when in business too, especially when you are in a leadership position. Your first reaction is usually your best unless you are emotionally tied to the situation.

sunny-eaton-eastside-legalSunny Eaton
Managing Partner, Eastside Legal, LLP

When you start your business and you are putting your business systems in place, make them work with who you are, not who you would like to be someday. If you weren’t organized before, now isn’t the time to try and learn to be organized. Put systems in place that work with your disorganization. If you don’t like to check voicemail, put a system in place where someone does it for you. You won’t suddenly become a different version of yourself. You have come this far being who you are – work with it, not against it!

patricia-glaser-shea-ywcaPatricia Glaser Shea
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

There is value in using data to help improve the management of an organization; however, there are many things that cannot be measured and must still be managed.

cate-hamilton-discover-madisonCate Hamilton
Executive Director, Discover Madison, Inc.-Amqui Station and Visitor’s Center

Be yourself — be authentic; you have to be honest and trustworthy; you have to be dedicated to the program and community; in the midst of everything, enjoy your work and always have a sense of humor; and you have to get a thick skin.

cordia-harrington-the-bakery-companyCordia Harrington
Founder/CEO, The Bakery Cos.

No is not an option. Continue and persevere until you reach success.  It is easy to become discouraged. Stay passionate and focused to your goal!


jessica-harthcock-utilize-healthJessica Harthcock
CEO, Utilize Health

Trust your gut – there are a lot of situations that I have found myself in where trusting my gut has paid off in big ways.


trisha-kassner-morrisTrisha Kassner
CFO, Morris

The best business advice I received was from my former boss at Laboratory Partners who said, “It’s easy for people to do a good job when things are going smoothly, but true growth and character building comes from overcoming the challenges that arise when the going gets tough. It is during these times you really discover what you’re made of.” This statement has resonated with me in my role as CFO of Morris and drives me to fully embrace the challenges that come my way and to always take something away from each experience; making me a better person, colleague, and manager along the way.

janet-miller-colliers-internationalJanet Miller
CEO & Market Leader, Colliers International

Best business advice was “Get very good at being you”.  I heard that from my mentor, Fred Harris, while working in economic development for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for 21 years – and then from my 88-year old mother after a year as CEO of Colliers.  People love authenticity.

julia-polk-iquity-labsJulia Polk
COO/CFO, IQuity Labs

Never stop networking.  You never know whom you’ll meet that will either be the best contact for a future partnership, employee or collaborator for your own company or for someone else you meet. What goes around comes around if you are willing to share your network.

monserrate-santiago-child's-playMonserrate Santiago
Owner/Director, Child’s Play

My husband, Daniel Santiago, has advised me that I must learn to say, “No” sometimes. I am a positive person and with that comes the tendency to say, “Yes” at all times. I’ve learned that saying no can be a positive thing because it allows me to focus on my priorities.


katie-stenburg-wallerKatie Stenberg
Partner, Finance and Restructuring Group and Member of Board of Directors, Waller

In all that you do, make yourself indispensable. As a young lawyer, this could be as simple as being the person on the deal who had record of all the documents and knew the status of all of the closing deliverables. As time went on, it meant being the person in the room with the critical expertise or relationship. In any event, the point was to strive to be the person who could get the deal over the finish line in the event others perhaps could not.

cathy-werthan-cpa-counsulting-groupCathy Werthan
Owner, CPA Consulting Group, PLLC

Learn to let go and delegate. It is important to give others a chance to spread their wings and fly. I don’t have to do everything myself.